• (RP) IPA: /ˈhɛdlɒŋ/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈhɛdlɔŋ/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /ˈhɛdlɑŋ/

headlong (not comparable)

  1. With the head first or down.
  2. With an unrestrained forward motion.
    Figures out today show the economy plunging headlong into recession.
  3. Rashly; precipitately; without deliberation, in haste, hastily
Antonyms Translations
  • French: la tête la première
  • German: mit dem Kopf zuerst
  • Russian: голово́й вперёд
  • Spanish: de cabeza
  • German: kopfüber
  • Russian: сломя́ го́лову
Translations Adjective


  1. Precipitous.
  2. Plunging downwards head foremost.
  3. Rushing forward without restraint.
  4. (figuratively) Reckless, impetuous.
    • 1869, RD Blackmoore, Lorna Doone, II:
      “Time is up,” cried another boy, more headlong than head-monitor.
  • Spanish: de cabeza

headlong (headlongs, present participle headlonging; past and past participle headlonged)

  1. (transitive) To precipitate.

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